East Corrimal students take part in reconciliation art project

Pictures: Anthony Smith Media

ARTWORK from students at East Corrimal Public School will feature in a new reconciliation art project on display in Crown Street Mall.

The East Corrimal students’ work is among 10 banners from children at Para Meadows School, Keiraview Childcare Centre, Five Islands Secondary College and Warrawong Public School, in Wollongong.

The exhibition, Nandhi Ngara (Look Listen) was supported by Aboriginal artist Daren Dunn and Adam Towney from AT_Culture. The artworks were inspired by Reconciliation and NAIDOC and have been printed on banners.

The collaborative project was undertaken between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, as well as Elders Aunty Bev Armer, Leanne Olive, Uncle Peter Button, Michele Moore, Aunty Sharralyn Robinson, Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas.

The exhibition will be launched during National Reconciliation Week, an annual celebration that’s held from May 27 to June 3.

The exhibition will be flown in the Crown Street Mall until the end of July 2023.

You can also see the original student’s artworks in the Curio Art Gallery, on Church Street Wollongong from May 25 to July 31 2023.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery encouraged everyone to take a moment to appreciate the artworks.

“This year’s theme is ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ which encourages everyone to learn more about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how we all can take steps to achieve reconciliation in our own lives,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Next time you visit the Crown Street Mall, take a moment to look and listen to the Nandhi Ngara exhibition. If you can, I highly suggest visiting the Curio Art gallery as well to see the original artworks.”

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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